The Conspiracy Of Silence

Irom Sharmila Chanu will be completing ten years of her continuous fast, an exceptionally courageous feat in our country and the world, on November 4, 2010, that is, precisely a month from now. We are thus publishing the following article on Gandhi Jayanti as Sharmila is silently upholding the legacy of the Mahatma in the true Gandhian spirit shunning the glare of limelight. Prologue I was then young...

AFSPA And Unsolved Massacres In Manipur

HEIRANGOITHONG massacre: March 14, 1984: Thousands were watching a volley ball match at the Heirangoithong Volley Ball Ground in Imphal. Some extremists tried to snatch weapons from the CRPF personnel there which resulted in the CRPF beginning to fire killing five people. The injured extremists soon fled. The CRPF at the spot then began to shoot indiscriminately at the crowd, and more joined the team...

Irom Sharmila: The 10-Year Fast Against AFSPA

Image via Wikipedia Irom Sharmila personifies struggle to protect civil and human rights. Hers is Independent India‘s unmatched tireless selfless movement for the noble cause. As she completes 10 years of her fast against excessive powers to khaki, TwoCirlces.net presents a 3-part series on her struggle and life ‘“ Editor On November 2, 2000, ten people were killed when a paramilitary...

Center Released Rs 586.02 crores To States Under MPF Scheme, Says Chidambaram

NEW DELHI, Nov 1: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said the Central Government released Rs 586.02 crores to the States under the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) Scheme for State police forces in financial year 2010-2011, which includes Rs. 58.94 crores released to the States of Punjab, Nagaland, Orissa, Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir in October. “Punjab: Rs.15.14 crores, Nagaland: Rs.1.13...

Devolution Of Power To Revived Autonomous District Councils, Cabinet Makes Up Its Mind Finally

IMPHAL, Nov 3: A marathon session of the Congress-led Secular Progressive Front (SPF) Cabinet today deliberated on a wide range of issues and approved devolution of powers to local bodies but decision eluded the controversial issue of recruitment of primary school teachers. According to SPF spokesman N Biren Singh the Cabinet meeting presided over by the Chief Minister commenced from about 9 am and...

Assembly Staff Vent Their Ire Against Threats

IMPHAL, Nov 3: Decrying threats on three of their officers by a faction of the banned KCP, employees of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Secretariat suspended their duty and staged a sit-in- protest demonstration today. Owing to the protest demonstration, functioning of the Assembly Secretariat remained affected for the day. The KCP faction has reportedly threatened Assembly Secretary Y Indira Devi,...

Women Bring Out Rally In Support Of Rights Activist Sharmila Chanu In Orissa

Image via Wikipedia BHUBANESWAR, Nov 3: A women’s group in Bhubaneswar staged a protest in support of Manipur civil rights activist Sharmila Chanu, who completed ten years of fasting over a demand to repeal the controversial and draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Shouting anti- central government slogans and burning effigy of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, the women...

Khuga Dam: A Living Paradox

There is always a certain level of sentimental attachment, when one looks back at the years gone by and the changes that time brings. Nostalgia is perhaps an apt word to describe this sentiment and despite the modern amenities and the convenience the three all women market complexes may offer to the people, to many who had their formative years in the 80s and early 90s, will certainly remember  the...